Meteos rants about his issues with League of Legends


Meteos, former jungler for Cloud9, recently ranted on his stream about his current dislikes with League of Legends.

Perhaps the biggest difference between professional athletes and professional eSports players is how often the latter is made available to their fans. If you are a fan of Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers, you will get to actually hear him talk only a few times a week – and even then it’s for a short period of time with mostly vanilla responses to media questions. However, if you are big in the League of Legends scene, you’re more than likely going to stream for over 40 hours every week. That’s a hell of a lot time for people to watch you play and listen to you talk.

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On his stream yesterday, someone asked Meteos what he disliked about the current state of the game – and he opened up on a few issues (warning, he does use a lot of sensitive language, so please do not watch if that is something that would bother you).

The first issue he so passionately brings up is how the beginning of every game plays out for a jungler. Meteos is bothered at the fact that the bot lane is nearly forced to do a camp (either krugs or gromp) before laning phase begins. They are forced to do that because if they don’t, they will put themselves at a huge disadvantage if the other bot lane did a camp. Because in this scenario of one bot lane doing a camp and the other bot lane deciding against it, the one who did do the camp will be able to rush a level advantage which will most likely result in killing the opposing bot lane.

When the bot lane takes a camp, it forces the jungler to do a camp on his own or get a leash from his top lane – neither of which are as optimal as getting a leash from the two players in your bot lane.

Meteos explains that this trend is going to make someone feel like crap in the end. Either the jungler will feel like crap that he didn’t get the most optimal start possible, or the bot lane will feel like crap for not getting the early experience from taking a camp.

His next complaint is about the Locket of the Iron Solari. At higher levels of play, this item is almost necessary to have in every game and usually it’s going to be one of two people getting it: either the support or jungler. Meteos believes that whoever has to buy this item feels like they are getting the short end of the stick because it isn’t that great of an item for the person who has it. The Locket is more of an utility item since you are only buying it for it’s unique passive which grants nearby allied minions and champions plus-15 magic resistance. However, the item costs 2,500 gold and only grants the player who has it 400 health, 20 magic resistance, 100 percent base health regeneration and 10 percent cooldown reduction. That simply isn’t a cost-efficient item for the person buying it, and it’s not fun to feel like you are only doing stuff for those around you.

Meteos explains that the item is the problem, but doesn’t offer a solution. It seems like the only thing Riot could do to make him happy is buff the stats of the Locket so the person who purchased it will feel like they spent their gold wisely. That would be nice, but it’s hard to imagine Riot doing that for what is to be used as a utility item.

The last issue Meteos brings up is blue buff – but he could have put all jungle buffs and camps into this conversation. Meteos keeps it short with this one and says that the blue buff is going to make someone sad: either the mid laner or the jungler – because someone’s not getting it.

The issue here is more about how the jungle works in general. Yes, there is already a support position in League of Legends, but often times it seems like jungler is just a fancy way of saying “support number two.” Most junglers will get all of their early camps, but it becomes a lot more difficult as the game progresses. Because as the game carries on, your mid laner will expect blue buff and your AD carry will expect red buff. And on top of that, literally everyone besides the support will often go around the jungle taking camps whenever they feel like it. This leaves the jungler walking around like John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. It isn’t a good feeling.

Meteos was asked about his issues with the game but ultimately ranted about how it sucks to be a jungler sometimes. League of Legends is built around carries, and for the majority of the time the only true carries for a team are the mid laner and AD carry. Playing a supporting role is fine, but it can get old after you do it over and over again.